Putting Love First...

…we seek to be a fully inclusive community of faith, transforming lives and Downtown Lafayette through the grace of Jesus Christ.

What To Expect?

You should expect to be warmly greeted and to feel right at home on your first visit. You’re certain to find friendly people who are ready to help you find your way without overwhelming you. Our Sunday morning worship is structured in a traditional, liturgical format. And whether you’ve been to a church before or not, you’ll find that the worship service is simple to follow, with teachings that are meaningful, thoughtful and relevant to your life. ALL are invited to come as you are!

Celebrating 175 Years in Lafayette

In 2020, we celebrated 175 years of Methodism in Acadiana. From the first Circuit Riders to our region in 1845, to our current physical location completed in 1925, First United Methodist Church has sought to offer God’s love and grace to all throughout our community. We hope you will consider celebrating with us as we continue to live out our vision of “Putting Love First.”

UPDATED SAFE GUIDELINES

In an attempt to “Do No Harm,” and practice the greatest of care for one another, the leadership of First UMC is in continuous dialogue concerning the best course of action for our community of faith during these unprecedented times.

Here is what you can expect under our current safe guidelines:

-Masks may be worn voluntarily or if you are experiencing any signs of illness.

-A quieter space for children is available in our Family Room, located in the foyer of the Sanctuary.

-Our nursery is open for children under the age of 5. The nursery will be available during Sunday School and worship. Nursery hours will be 8:45 A.M. – 11:45A.M.

-Coffee Fellowship is held immediately following Worship in the Wallace Beadle Room, located behind the Sanctuary.

-Two adult Sunday School classes are now meeting  each week, the New Beginnings Class before worship at 9:00 a.m. in the Conference Room on the 4th Floor and the Contemporary Christians Class meets after worship in Parlor.

-For those who are not comfortable returning to in-person worship, or who are not able to join us, we will continue to offer the opportunity to participate via Live Streaming on YouTube. A link will be posted on our FUMC page (www.facebook.com/fumc.lafayette) each Sunday to take you to our YouTube page quickly and easily. Please subscribe to our channel on your first visit.

Thank you for your prayers and support!

A BLAST FROM THE PAST1922 cookbooks are now in!! Reprint of one of the first (if not the first) printed cookbook, “Lafayette Cooks” had been undertaken by First United Methodist Church of Lafayette, Louisiana.  The original copy of the cookbook belongs to Mr. Gerald Patout of Sunset who is a collector of cookbooks.  Through his extensive research, Mr. Patout has concluded that there are no known copies of the original “Lafayette Cooks” held by libraries in the United States.The original cookbook was compiled by the members of Circle No. 1 of the Methodist Episcopal Church South (now known as the First United Methodist Church) in 1922.  Some of the Committee members were affiliated with Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette).  The design on the front of the book was by Miss Emily Huger, teacher of Art at S.L.I a graduate of Newcomb College in New Orleans.Reading through these recipes is a journey to another time.  They remind us of the types of ingredients that were available to them.Mr. Patout contacted First United Methodist Church and graciously offered to lend us his copy to reprint as a way to preserve a historical document and as a fundraiser for the 180th celebration in 2025.The book is now available for purchase for $20. For copies please reach out to Denice Broussard, Church Historian by email  @ [email protected], or look for the table on Sunday mornings after the worship service. Mailing copies can be arranged as well.